Week 4 Training

October 15th, 2017

Today was week 4 training. Luce does really well walking at variable speeds, abrupt stopping, right, left, and about turns. Highly distracting environments are still a challenge but we still have many weeks to go. Here he is with Stacey doing a sit stay as Stacey walks away (launching with her right foot of course):

Then she waits at the end of the leash for a while:

Then Luce recalls perfectly.

Lui e un cane bene, si?

Weigh in Day

October 14th, 2017

Well, today was time to do a little weight in at the vet to see just how big, Big Lu is getting. He weighed in at 83.5lbs. Here he is back home cooling off on the stone tile floor:

A little later in in the day, he was happy to stand vigil at the front door while Stacey watered the front yard, so while we may call him “Lazy Lu” sometimes, he knows when to hold em’, when to fold em’, when to walk away, and when to wait by the front door for him mommy to come back inside.

Taking a nap in the office

October 13th, 2017

Luce feels right at home in my recently renovated (and professionally designed) home office. When he is not at my feet under the desk, or just outside the door, he like to crash by the window, like here:

Luce A Bit Exposed

October 3rd, 2017

Luce was taking a nap just outside my office on the tile. This view from my chair is what prompted me to take the picture as it had a “crime scene” look about it.

Then, I proceeded to investigate further. As you can see, he is actually laying on his side but maybe wanted to get some fresh air on his belly, Idunno?

Luce Hangin’ Under the Desk

October 3rd, 2017

Most of the time I work from my home office and Luce likes to sneak in under the desk and lay in front of my feet. Now that he is getting big, he can’t get by un-noticed. I backed up to take this picture which caused him to pop his head up looking like “What up dude, I was taking a nap?”. 

Should I be worried that Luce does not get enough attention?

September 28th, 2017

Luce seems to like to sort of “beg” and offer both paws in a sort of “double shake paws” which usually causes the following reaction from Stacey.

Who is training who here?

The Gym Bag, Numero Due

September 28th, 2017

I usually put my gym bag in the trunk when Luce is along for the ride (which is most of the time). Today I forgot and put it in the back seat which to Luce’s delight, made for a happy ride. Instead of the usual head at the window he spent the whole time nestling with the gym bag:

This is not the best picture but it gets the point across. Lest you forget how much Luce liked my gym bag, here is what he used to do:

I don’t know if I should be happy that he likes it so much or worried that my stuff smells that good to a dog.

Luce at the top of the stairs

September 27th, 2017

Luce sometimes likes to sit at the top of the stairs like other Berners we have had. He does something different though in that he likes to put his front feet on the second step. Maybe he likes to have a head start getting down the steps or maybe its just more comfortable to him to sit that way.

Questo é Luce, il nostro bello cane al suo compleanno di sei mesi

September 23rd, 2017

This is Luce, our beautiful dog on his six month birthday. We are long past when Stacey could hold him so I get the honor now. He is about 80 lbs so not that easy to hold. We want him to be comfortable being held like this in case it is necessary which is what we did with our past boys and girls.

He still lays on the floor like a little pup and we hope he does not out grow that. We think he likes the feeling of the cool tile floor on his belly but who knows. We call this his “froggy” position.

Luce and the Table

September 18th, 2017

Luce really likes the end table near the kitchen. He must remember when he could lay under it and take a nap. Well, he can only get part of his head under it now:

In case you forgot, here is Luce just a few short months (and about 50 lbs.) ago and something is not quite the same as it used to be.